A dish of seasoned sliced tomatoes topped with herbs

58 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles (By a Local)

Ranging from humble food trucks to extravagant fine dining, the best restaurants in Los Angeles run the culinary gamut. Benefitting from cultural influences the world over, LA’s restaurant scene is second to none.  

Seasonally-driven menus make use of California’s abundance of farm-fresh produce. Chefs incorporate forward-thinking themes like sustainability and will happily cater to specialized dietary needs. 

Now, there are more than 30,000 LA restaurants to choose from so, even as a local, I’ve barely scratched the surface! To help fuel your time exploring the best things to do in LA, this guide will give you a taste of 58 wonderful eateries throughout the City of Angels.

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58 Best Los Angeles Restaurants

Prospect Gourmand

🍽️ New American, California Cuisine | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 424 777 0481

A plate of beef tartare topped with orange carpels and herbs and surrounded with sauce, nuts, and mint leaves
Beet tartare with pistachios, mint, and orange

At Prospect Gourmand you’ll be welcomed like family and fed like royalty. This restaurant row gem is family-run and farm-to-table, upscale dining with the heart of a home-cooked meal. 

Lunchtime visitors won’t want to leave a single leaf of the baby kale and avocado caesar salad. Plus you’ll want to try as many of the handmade blue corn tacos as you can get your hands on. Come dinner, check out Chancey’s Truffled Chicken. 

👉 Pro Tip: Prospect Gourmand is located on Restaurant Row, an area with more than a few parking restrictions. There are lots of valet services, but if you choose not to use one make sure to read all posted signs carefully.

Cielito Lindo

🍽️ Mexican | $ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 687 4391

Four pieces of taquitos and a sauce on a plate
World’s best taquitos. 

Cielito Lindo is one of the most famous restaurants in the entire city for one crispy, delicious reason: the taquitos. Hailed by everyone from the Los Angeles Times to the late, great Anthony Bourdain, these golden-rolled tacos are the epitome of an LA classic. 

Filled with seasoned shredded beef, taquitos are served with generous servings of tangy avocado sauce. I can’t in good conscience recommend walking away without trying them, but if you’re not into red meat or meat period, the pork chile verde and soyrizo potato burritos are also fantastic.  

This historic eatery anchors one end of historic Olvera Street, one of many awesome things to do in downtown Los Angeles. Whether I’m scoping out street art in the Arts District or checking out a new exhibit at a Grand Ave art museum, this is where I’m stopping for a snack.  

🥑 Pro Tip: If you’re sharing a plate of taquitos, get separate servings of the avocado sauce. That way you can double dip to your heart’s content. 

Petit Trois

🍽️ French | $$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 468 8916

Seasoned tomatoes and fresh burrata in a Petit Trois plate
An exquisite appetizer with seasoned tomatoes and fresh burrata

Steak tartare with fried shallots. Celery & mint salad with Thai chili vinaigrette. Mussels marinère. Chicken leg confit. Try any of it or all of it. You’ll be happy you did. 

Based on a classic Parisian brasserie, Petit Trois serves exquisite food. At the bar. Only the bar, in fact, as tables are only available for outdoor dining. Sounds weird, won’t matter. What matters is the food, and it is flat-out amazing.  

The tremendous popularity of the well-known L’Original location on Highland prompted the opening of a second, in San Fernando Valley. TV fans are likely to recognize the restaurant’s founder, James Beard Award semifinalist Ludo Lefebvre, who has called Los Angeles, CA home since his time on Top Chef.   

Marino

🍽️ Italian | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 466 8812

Sliced raw fish with crisp greens and zingy radish on a black plate
This exquisite crudo gets the perfect bite from crisp greens and zingy radish 

Delectable dishes based on family recipes and wonderful service are some of the hallmarks that made this one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurants, and on this point, I heartily agree. My most recent dinner at Marino was flat-out spectacular, including a tortelli zucca that is hands-down one of the best handmade pasta I’ve ever had. 

The crudo di mare is exquisite. Mouthwatering main courses like lobster diavolo and filetto Sinatra further showcase Chef Sal Marino’s talent for lovingly refined old-world Italian food.

Marino is a local treasure nestled inconspicuously on the stretch of Melrose that makes up the border between Hollywood and Hancock Park. The freshly renovated dining room provides ample space for each guest, a wonderful setting for sharing a meal with those you love most.  

👉 Pro Tip: Avoid parking on Melrose if possible, traffic gets little nuts around here. I lived in the neighborhood for many years and saw numerous parked cars get rear-ended. Not to mention the fire hydrant fiasco (ask your server. 😉)

FIG

🍽️ Farm-to-table | $$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 319 3111

Fresh oysters with sliced lemon, sauce and toppings served on ice with a glass of cocktail on the side
Chilled fresh oysters pair perfectly with The Miramar, a celebratory champagne cocktail    

Located in the Fairmont Miramar, FIG is the best of both worlds in more ways than one. The cuisine strikes a balance between satisfyingly rustic and elevated elegance, crafting an experience that manages the feat of capturing the affection of locals and visitors alike.  

FIG proudly presents a seasonal menu largely sourced from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, a provision paradise that is itself one of the best things to do in Santa Monica. They may well serve you a new favorite dish on every visit. That said, you can’t go wrong with staple items like the Maine Lobster Cobb salad or steak frites.

FIG does its best to accommodate walk-ins, but reservations are strongly recommended for weekend brunch. Don’t miss the fried chicken and sweet potato waffle with candied yams.     

👉 Pro Tip: The FIG @ 5 happy hour is one of the best deals in West LA. 50% off the whole menu, from 5 pm – 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. 

Papille Gustative 

🍽️ Farm-to-table | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 424 322 8040

A plate of poached egg toast with capers, hollandaise sauce, and edible flowers
A perfectly poached egg toast with capers and hollandaise  

While we’re in the neighborhood, let’s pop in at a Santa Monica gem just off the beaten path. 

This innovative concept café-restaurant showcases succulent sustainability, putting fresh-from-the-farm ingredients at the heart of house specialty dishes like duck prosciutto benedict and ambrosial “Signature” french toast. 

Shareable artisan boards and a well-stocked wine list that includes a great selection of natural wine make this a wonderful option for a girls’ day or night out. The delectable danish rye bar is great for those with smaller appetites or times you just want a snack.  

Equally good for family outings, Papille offers a kid-friendly menu tuned to simpler tastes.       

🎡 Nearby Attractions: Papille Gustative is about 1.5 miles away from the ever-popular pier, and just a five-minute walk from the beach.

Bestia 

🍽️ Italian | $$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 514 5724

A slice of pie with cream on the side topped with edible flowers
Be sure to save room for dessert at Bestia

Focused on fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, Bestia makes meals “from scratch” with a creative flair that emulates its trendy Arts District environment. The dinner menu features handmade pasta and charcuterie, not to mention a grilled whole branzino that you’ll never forget. 

A perennial favorite of the late, great LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold, this Italian eatery is consistently recognized as one of LA’s culinary elite. You’re best off planning ahead to fit this into DTLA itineraries, especially on weekends, but it’s not impossible to nab a same-day reservation before about 2 pm.

👉 Pro Tip: The Arts District can get a lil’ rough after dark, so plan on getting a rideshare after dinner, and have the driver pick you up near the door.

Grand Central Market

🍽️ Multiple options | $ – $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 359 6007

People walking past the shops with retro neon signs above in Grand Central Market
(photo: Dogora Sun / Shutterstock) 

In the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, you’ll find Grand Central Market, a staple of the Los Angeles food scene for more than 100 years. From trendy pop-ups to family-owned food stands serving old-world flavors, this is a fantastic place to sample tastes from around the globe. 

Grand Central is just the place to grab a bite between arts district explorations and the epic institutions on Grand Avenue. It’s there you’ll find the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which is right across the street from both the Broad and MOCA, two of the best museums in Los Angeles. 

Spago of Beverly Hills

🍽️ American | $ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 385 0880

A plate of roasted pear salad with vegetables, gorgonzola cheese, and sauce
Roasted pear salad with a phenomenal gorgonzola cheese 

An iconic Beverly Hills destination, Spago is a luxe, sophisticated fine dining experience. Founded by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck in 1982, it remains a popular choice among the who’s who of LA. 

One of the most famous restaurants anywhere in Southern California, Spago’s menu uses the finest ingredients of the season to enhance signature items. The sea bass is particularly impressive, served with a tableside flourish that makes the skin perfectly crisp only moments before your first bite.   

👉 Pro Tip: You won’t see the world-famous caviar-topped smoked salmon pizza on the menu, but you can still order it.

The Rose Venice

🍽️ Californian | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 399 0711

A bowl of strawberry arugula salad with roasted pistachios and feta cheese
Strawberry arugula salad with roasted pistachios and feta 

Established by one of the chefs who helped put Spago on the map, The Rose is where hipster meets foodie. Long-standing royalty among Venice’s scenery cafés, the airy, artsy space is awesome for gossipy cocktail brunches or tastefully bougie birthday celebrations.  

Anyone can get on board with all-day breakfast and California favorites like smashed avocado toast – theirs gets a nice kick from a pinch of za’atar. Chef Neroni sources the best fresh seafood for bright, clean crudos and ceviches. An excellent raw bar is available during weekend brunch hours. 

Feel free to indulge during weekend brunch! You can easily balance that out with a stroll down the boardwalk. One of LA’s best beaches, Venice Beach is just a five-minute walk west of The Rose.       

Crustacean

🍽️ Modern Asian | $$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 205 8990

A premium A5 Wagyu tartare with black sesame rice crackers and edible flowers
A5 Wagyu tartare with black sesame rice crackers 

Meals at Crustacean are a fine dining experience packed with personality. Also amazing food. As in some of the best food anywhere in Los Angeles, CA. 

Outstanding land and sea dishes include tuna “cigars” topped with caviar and filet mignon ‘shaken beef’ with wok flame grilled onions. Chef An has also created several superb vegan dishes such as crispy, crunchy hearts of palm ‘calamari.’

You’re going to want to make reservations well in advance. Also, mind the dress code. It’s strictly enforced.    

👉 Don’t Miss: The Secret Kitchen™ menu. (Yes, literally trademarked. It’s that good.)  

Monty’s Good Burger

🍽️ Vegan | $$ | Website | 📍 Multiple Locations

A vibrant light blue and red retro-inspired exterior of Monty’s Good Burger

The first 100% plant-based restaurant on our list, Monty’s is forward-thinking in a lot of important ways, yet old-fashioned where it counts most: flavor. 

Monty’s is dedicated to bringing burger lovers a sustainable, ethically-sourced alternative to traditional beef burgers. They start with a fluffy brioche bun then pile it high with fresh toppings, caramelized onions, a zippy house-made sauce, and juicy Impossible™ patties. 

🌱 Peak Vegan: While Portland edges us out as the vegan capital of the United States, LA isn’t far behind. We have a multitude of excellent vegan restaurants, but Monty’s is far and away the one I hear most often recommended by non-vegans without qualifying it as good “for a vegan spot.”

Jones Hollywood

🍽️ Italian & American | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 850 1726

A glass of drink with sliced lemon on the table of the dimmed restaurant of Jones Hollywood
Jones is all about good food and good times 

I’ve been coming to Jones for nearly 20 years, and never once left disappointed. This local favorite pleases the palate with great food and a fire cocktail menu. And parties like the rockstars pictured in framed portraits on the restaurant’s walls. 

My go-to meal here is a pair of appetizers, the roasted vegetable platter and whole steamed artichoke, which comes with a spicy garlic aioli that straight-up slaps. Those two apps and a basket of the table bread – pizza dough dusted with parmesan and black pepper, served with balsamic vinegar and olive oil – are part of more than a few of my fondest memories.  

Dim lighting, red-and-white checked oilcloth, and flickering votives in red glass set a sensual vibe for date night, and couples should save room for the made-for-sharing apple pie. Large corner booths are great for gathering around a wood-fired pizza on a night out with friends. Plus they serve the full menu at the bar.   

👉 Pro Tip: The Beggars’ Banquet, served from 10:30 pm to closing, is hands-down one of the best late-night happy hour menus anywhere in LA. Also, though Hollywood is in the name and in the vibe, being just west of La Brea Ave, Jones is technically in West Hollywood.    

Malibu Café

🍽️ New American | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 818 540 2400

A small glass of tropical parfait with two spoons served on a plate
Treat yourself to a tropical parfait.  

One of my favorite things to do in Malibu is to enjoy a leisurely lunch with a good friend at the delightful Malibu Café. Great food, excellent service, and an idyllic setting team up to create an effortlessly luxurious experience.

The menu offers a selection of simple dishes made masterfully, complemented by a selection of seasonal craft cocktails. Try wood-roasted shishito peppers paired with a house bloody mary as an opener for one of their juicy burgers, you won’t be disappointed!!     

Tucked in the hills of Malibu on the fabulous Calamigos Ranch, Malibu Café is when you’re hankering for an escape from hectic daily life. It’s a lovely venue for birthday or engagement celebrations, and you’ll be welcomed just as warmly if all you’re celebrating is a long lunch.

République 

🍽️ American | $ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 362 6115

A serving of Campanelle pasta with lobster and fresh herbs in République
Campanelle pasta with lobster and fresh herbs 

Housed in a building originally constructed for Charlie Chaplin, République lives up to the legend, and then some. 

The french-inspired menu changes daily, utilizing the best possible product to invent dishes like smoked tomato panna cotta with spiny lobster and sweet potato agnolotti with brown butter and parmesan.

You’ll want to make dinner reservations ahead of time. The bakery and café have a more casual vibe and are first come, first served.

🇫🇷 🍞 Pro Tip: République’s brioche french toast is what dreams are made of. 

DTLA Ramen 

🍽️ Ramen | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 265 7641

A bowl of spicy creamy ramen with corn, boiled egg, and tofu in DTLA Ramen
The spicy creamy vegan ramen is fire 🍜🔥 (pun intended)

Ramen is one of my ultimate comfort foods, and this shop in downtown LA has some of the best in town. Rich broths are complemented by fresh noodles and flavors as bold and playful as the bright dining area decorated with tongue-in-cheek neon puns.  

Friendly staff and snappy service amp up the good vibes, welcoming guests to confab over servings of crunchy takoyaki and spicy garlic edamame. The expertly curated drink menu is stocked with quality craft beers and sake cocktails.      

You’ll find DTLA Ramen on Broadway near the Olympic Blvd. intersection, a convenient location for visits to several great LA activities. The Fashion District is just around the corner, with the Crypto.com Arena and GRAMMY Museum just half a mile away.

Canter’s Deli

🍽️ Deli, American Casual | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 651 2030

Exterior view of Canter’s Deli with yellow and green neon signage outside
A Beverly Grove beacon for good eats, 24/7 

A beloved local legend, this Fairfax Ave diner dishes out hearty helpings of feel-good food 24 hours a day.  

Signature dish mishmosh soup (add chicken, add carrots) is beyond satisfying on rare rainy days, or anytime you’re feeling under the weather. The menu playfully nods to its place in Hollywood history with The Marilyn sandwich – swiss cheese and grilled tomato on rye – a regular order of the namesake bombshell blonde. 

🍸 Don’t Miss: The Kibbitz Room, an enjoyably divey full-service bar connected to Canter’s that features live music and weekend nights packed wall-to-wall with edgy scenesters.  

​​Musso & Frank Grill

🍽️ American | $ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 467 7788

People walking past outside ​​Musso & Frank Grill restaurant in Los Angeles
Behind the humble Hollywood Blvd lies a world of Golden Age glamour 

Having spent over a century as one of Hollywood’s premier go-to’s for grilled meats, Musso and Frank is a true LA classic. From the tuxedoed service staff to nearly every item on the menu, this restaurant set standards high enough to stand the test of time.

Thickly cut steaks and chops are centerpieces to be garnished as you see fit with a la carte sides like baked potatoes or asparagus with hollandaise. The fettuccine alfredo is made exactly as it was for Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, who quite literally brought the recipe home from their honeymoon in Rome.  

Musso & Frank caters spectacularly to the nostalgia of a bygone era, but not so much to dietary restrictions. Vegan and/or gluten-free kind of isn’t a thing here.

👻 A True Hollywood Haunt: Entering the restaurant is like stepping back in time to the days before talkies when Charlie Chaplin was a regular in booth one. Legend has it he still drops in from time to time.

Leo’s Taco Truck

🍽️ Mexican | $ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 346 2001

A big yellow truck with neon lights of Leo’s Taco Truck parked ready to serve in the street of Los Angeles
The last stop of many an epic night out 

This La Brea Ave mainstay is a late-night hero. The line tends to get longer and rowdier as the night goes on, but on the right kind of night, that’s part of the fun. 

Your wait will be rewarded with succulent al pastor spiked with chunks of juicy pineapple, wrapped in a warm corn tortilla and tinfoil. (Don’t eat the tinfoil.)  

🌮 Pro Tip: Offer to buy your driver a couple of tacos and you may not have to order a second ride.  

Genwa

🍽️ Korean | $ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 549 0760

Exterior view of the Korean barbecue restaurant Genwa in Los Angeles
The Restaurant Row location offers cozy seating and valet parking 

Korean BBQ is a big thing in LA. Dinner that’s not only a show but one we sort of get to star in? Count us in. 

Whether you’re a bbq pro or a total newbie, Genwa will give you everything you need to cook up a great meal. The sizzle of highly-marbled shortribs cooking as you dig into soft, spicy rice cakes is a full sensory yum. 

Genwa offers locations in three great Los Angeles neighborhoods: Beverly Hills, Mid-Wilshire, and DTLA. 

Gjusta

🍽️ American | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 314 0320

Bottles of hors-d’œuvre spread and nuts in a pack displayed on a shelf in Gjusta
An hors-d’œuvre spread from Gjusta is a surefire way to impress guests

Provisions from this Venice deli are so in demand that Overheard in LA recently featured “a fist fight over the last loaf of sourdough” as an ever-reliable excuse for getting out of plans. And I mean, it’s not not plausible.

The crunch of Gjusta’s crusty bread gives way to perfectly chewy deliciousness, all the better if smeared with green olive tapenade. Picnic-perfect sandwiches are piled high with house-smoked meats. 

The café offers a selection of hearty classics at tables in the dining room or on a large outdoor patio. The menu changes seasonally, but if the marinated skirt steak is on the menu, go for it.

Pho Café

🍽️ Vietnamese | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 413 0888

A bowl of pho tai with thinly sliced steak and vegetables in Pho Café
The steak in the pho tai is sliced paper thin and added while rare to finish cooking in the piping hot broth

This is one of the best-kept secrets in LA. I’ll stop short of dropping a name, but it was a celeb who first recommended Pho Café, and the pho in this tiny Silverlake shop is so good I’ve seen many famous faces waiting patiently for their orders. 

Their broth is rich, savory, and comforting. The bundle of fresh herbs served alongside the steaming noodle soup includes greens I can’t identify, but I can say other places don’t have all of them and it makes all the difference. 

The dining room is too tiny to accommodate new health codes, so Pho Café will be take-out only for the foreseeable future.  

👉 Pro Tip: When I say secret, I mean there literally isn’t a sign. It’s in the same shopping center as Rambutan Thai, half a block southeast of Silverlake Ramen.     

Mel’s Drive-In 

🍽️ American | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 854 7201

Exterior view of Mel’s Drive-In with the iconic neon sign and a billboard nearby
No less a classic than a ‘57 Chevrolet

The quintessential classic American diner, Mel’s is one of the spots on our list you visit as much for the feed as you do for the food. #LA #iconic #nom

Burgers, good. Milkshakes, great. Prices, fair. It’s not fancy, but it sure is a lot of fun. Roomy booths and a bounty of kid-friendly options make this a great choice for families.   

The Sunset Blvd location linked above is arguably the best for photo ops. There are additional locations on the Westside and in the Valley. The most popular Mel’s is in Hollywood, mere steps away from Hollywood Boulevard, and among the best things to do in Hollywood.  

🧐 Technically speaking…  this LA icon was technically founded in San Francisco. Still, it has been so thoroughly adopted by Hollywood that Universal Studios has built franchises in each of its parks. 

Paradise Cove 

🍽️ Seafood | $$ – $$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 457 2503

A woman posing at the shoreline while holding a drink with a boardwalk in the background at Paradise Cove
Take a day trip to resort life at Paradise Cove   

When you’re looking to nosh right on the sand, Paradise Cove is the place to be.

The menu ranges from burgers and fries to seafood feasts fit for a king. The ambiance, a white sand beach with softly breaking waves, simply cannot be beaten.

🏖️ Pro tip: For a fabulous mini-getaway, rent a palapa and enjoy frosty tropical drinks brought right to your beach lounger.    

Connie and Ted’s 

🍽️ Seafood | $$ – $$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 848 2722 

A big chunk of fish with herb oil and fingerling potatoes in Connie and Ted’s
Halibut with herb oil and fingerling potatoes

A WeHo local favorite, Connie and Ted’s dishes up New England-style seafood. Think lobster rolls, clam baskets, and wicked good chowda. Jo’s Wicked Good Chowda, to be precise, which comes in three varieties and is indeed wicked good.  

E.P. & L.P. 

🍽️ Californian | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 855 9955

People dining at the rooftop restaurant of E.P. & L.P. during dusk
The L.P. rooftop is such a vibe

This spot is a two-for-one. Downstairs, E.P. serves a casually elegant menu driven by California produce. Upstairs, outdoor dining on the L.P. rooftop features good music, great cocktails, and fantastic views.

Doubling down on the two-for-one fun is Melrose Rooftop Theatre, included in a second guide –  the best things to do in West Hollywood. Hosted on the L.P. rooftop, the outdoor theatre is a unique opportunity to snuggle into a bean bag chair with your favorite cocktail while watching a cinema classic.  

Le Petit Four  

🍽️ Californian | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 652 3863

Busy outdoor dining of Le Petit Four on Sunset Boulevard
This Sunset Boulevard bistro is a perennial favorite

A long-standing Sunset Strip institution, this buzzy bistro delivers French cuisine with a California twist. 

Often requested by visitors to LA, Le Petit Four’s ample seating and wide-ranging menu make this a good choice for families to enjoy a nice meal together. 

Elephante  

🍽️ Italian | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 424 320 2384

A glass of red cocktail topped with ice and slices of lime in Elephante
Let Go of your worries and enjoy the view (this cocktail is called the Let Go, btw 😉)  

Casual yet chic, Elephante is where Santa Monica meets the Mediterranean. Heavily influenced by the food of Southern Italy, the menu features rich pasta and seafood. 

One of the big highlights here is the view. Overlooking Santa Monica beach, it’s a beautiful place to take in a dazzling Southern California sunset.  

Il Cielo  

🍽️ Italian | $$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 276 9990

Exterior view of an old Italian-inspired restaurant of Il Cielo in Los Angeles
Old-world Italian meets Beverly Hills bougie 

Favoring the flavors of Tuscany, Il Cielo is altogether enchanting. Named “the most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles,” this hideaway features garden seating under a crystal clear canopy. 

Expect traditional Italian cuisine prepared flawlessly. 

🌹Looking for romance? For ultimate allure surprise your date by reserving one of the a la carte romantic packages, which include a table sprinkled with rose petals and the restaurant’s signature heart-shaped flourless chocolate cake.    

The Little Door 

🍽️ Modern European | $$$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 951 1210

Mosaic signage with a cat of The Little Door in Los Angeles
Shielded from prying eyes, Little Door sets the table for romance

Another must-do for those looking to woo, The Little Door is a dining dream world. 

The candlelit courtyard is ambiance excellence whether canoodling with cocktails at the bar or flirting over fine French cuisine at a table. Make any occasion special with indulgences like caviar service and complex, unctuous flavors.       

Mama Shelter

🍽️ Casual bites | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 785 6600

A glass of red and white drink with a scenic view from Mama Shelter
Good food, good drinks, great view 

Ok, yes, technically Mama Shelter is a hotel. A hotel that just happens to serve lovely shareable noms and snazzy cocktails on the rooftop. Which just happens to have a fantastic view of the Hollywood sign. 

Oh, and did I mention the $3 oyster/ $5 martini happy hour? Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6 pm. 

Cofax

🍽️ Burritos & Coffee | $ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 424 7485

A packed and sliced in a half burrito with two different sauces of Cofax
 A burrito filled with BBQ? Yeah, I’m in. 

Founded to offer a convenient & quality coffee spot for staff and patrons of gone-too-soon local gem Golden State, this Fairfax Ave always sounds good. 

The highlight? Looks like a burrito, smells like barbeque, and tastes like both. Amazing. 

🍔 Pro Tip: Cofax recently partnered with the folks from Golden State to create a ‘nightgame’ dinner service featuring the beloved burgers from the G.S. menu. Not to mention a fried chicken sandwich that was killing the game years before Popeye’s popped off.   

Joan’s on Third

🍽️ Gourmet Marketplace and Café | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 655 2285

A glimpse of the interior from the glass panel outside of Joan’s on Third
A trendy go-to for midday meals 

This scenery café is stocked up on delicious salads and sandwiches, including a classic cobb salad with a luscious sherry vinaigrette. It is very popular, so be prepared to wait in line awhile.

🎉 Planning a Party? Joan’s catering is equally in demand. Make sure to order early, especially around the holidays. 

BOA  

🍽️ Steakhouse | $$$ | Website | 📍 Multiple Locations

Outdoor dining with a coastal vibe of BOA at the Santa Monica
Outdoor dining is featured at the Santa Monica location of BOA

A modern take on steakhouse fine dining, BOA crafts spectacular meals using inventive techniques and top-quality ingredients. You’ll be hard-pressed to get a better steak anywhere in LA. 

For starters, try the savory goat cheese baklava or their critically-acclaimed tableside caesar salad.  

Salt & Straw 

🍽️ Ice Cream | $ | Website | 📍 Multiple Locations

A semi-melted strawberry honey balsamic w/ black pepper ice cream in a cone
Strawberry honey balsamic w/ black pepper

Chocolate gooey brownie, cinnamon snickerdoodle, and honey lavender are all good and well… very good, actually. But what Salt & Straw does best is the unexpected. 

Take, say, pear and blue cheese. Lovely for a salad, sure. But ice cream? Well, yes, as it turns out. Distinctively delicious.     

This pioneering West Coast ice cream parlor has several branches in Los Angeles, and you’ll find a whole new world of flavor at any one of them. 

Magnolia Bakery 

🍽️ Bakery | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 951 0636

Spring-colored cupcakes displayed on a cupcake tier at Magnolia Bakery
A spring cupcake display at Magnolia Bakery  

Fluffy cakes, crave-able cupcakes topped with a swirl of sweet buttercream, and puddings so scrumptious there’s literally a pudding of the month club. Consider your sweet tooth satisfied. 

The LA branch of this famous NYC bakery is bright and airy, painted in a soothing pastel palette almost as sweet as the pastry chef prepped treats behind the glass. 

🍌 Pro Tip: Don’t miss the banana pudding. It is bananas good. B-A-N-A-N-A-S, bananas. Pudding. 

Bavel

🍽️ Middle Eastern | $$$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 232 4966

Smoky freshly baked flatbread inside the oven
Freshly baked flatbread 

A labor of love from the chefs behind Bestia, Bavel brings the traditional flavors and foods of the Middle East to DTLA, adding a respectful twist of modernity along the way. 

Standouts from the appetizer menu include oyster mushroom kebabs, fried quail sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds, and Moroccan carrots with rose pickled beets, just to name a few. You could easily have a great meal sharing a selection of appetizers, plus you get to sample a variety of Bavel’s incredible flavors. 

But then you’d miss the wagyu oxtail tagine. Which would be a shame, because it’s fantastic. All things considered, it’s probably best to prepare for multiple visits.

Neri’s Casual Filipino Dining 

🍽️ Filipino | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 738 1263

A newly cooked handmade spring rolls fresh from the deep fryer
Handmade lumpia fresh from the fryer 

Named for the restaurant’s matriarch and chef, Neri’s has been serving LA’s best homestyle Filipino cuisine since 1984. While anytime is a good time for garlic rice, crunchy lumpia, fried pork, or spicy chicken adobo, the sweet treat halo-halo is particularly refreshing on hot summer days. 

👉 Pro Tip: Fan-favorite Filipino-style spaghetti isn’t on the regular menu, but you can still order it from the catering menu for special occasions.  

The Joint Seafood and Coffee

🍽️ Seafood | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 818 510 0626

A rectangle plate with slices of dry-aged tuna loin drizzled with Spanish olive oil
Dry-aged tuna loin drizzled with Spanish olive oil

Now I’m an all-day coffee drinker who finds few scents quite so fulfilling as the rich, spicy scent of freshly ground beans. I also love seafood. If you’re at ‘weird combo, but ok… I was right there with you. Then I encountered The Joint.  

The Joint challenges just about any norm it can get its hands on, and comes out the clear winner in every round. To paraphrase Friends’ Joey Tribbiani: What’s not to like? Coffee? Good. Bakery? Good. Dry aged fish? GOOD.  

Mariscos Jaliscos

🍽️ Mexican | $ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 528 6701

A seafood Mexican mix in crispy fried tortillas
Seafood tostadas flawlessly mesh cool, rich, and crunch 

The shrimp tacos from this Boyle Heights food truck are a strong contender for best taco in LA, and that’s saying something. If you prefer a bright, herby ceviche to deep-fried deliciousness, go for the Poseidon tostada.  

👉 Pro Tip: Mariscos Jaliscos popularity has led to a few copycats popping up nearby, so make sure you get the original. They have a big sign out front, not just painted on the truck itself. 

Damian

🍽️ Mexican | $$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 270 0178

A frizzy frozen strawberry margarita with mint leaves on top
Fizzy frozen strawberry margarita

Another arts district entry, Damian uses seasonal ingredients to enhance the flavors and cultural traditions of Mexican cuisine. Unique, crave-able dishes inspire many a repeat visit, notably the duck al pastor and uni tostada. 

The artisan cocktail menu is equally impressive. The frozen strawberry margarita gets a fizzy lift from a splash of prosecco, making it an especially delightful treat on hot summer afternoons.   

👉 Pro Tip: If you’re looking to explore the arts district go for a brunch rest at Damian to make the most of daylight hours.  

Providence

🍽️ Seafood | $$$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 460 4170

Chef Michael Cimarusti treats fresh seafood with a level of respect that approaches reverence. The result is a tasting menu worth writing home about, supplemented by a la carte offerings such as oysters on the half shell and farm-raised, sustainable caviar. 

Providence’s dinner menu doesn’t so much win awards as it does collect them. On top of a James Beard award and two Michelin stars, this fine dining establishment places high among Gourmet magazine’s “50 Best Restaurants in the United States.”   

👉 Pro Tip: Reservations here are relatively easy to acquire, but not so simply canceled. You’ll need to give them 48 hours’ notice to avoid a hefty fee, so make sure to set notifications if there’s even the slightest chance your plans will change.   

Philippe the Original 

🍽️ American | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 628 3781

Exterior and neon sign view of Philippe the Original during a gloomy afternoon
(photo: Logan Bush / Shutterstock) 

Speaking of origin stories, Los Angeles is the birthplace of the french dip sandwich. This came as a surprise to me. Warm broth & sliced meat piled high on a roll just seems like such an east coast thing. 

Turns out it’s very much a west coast thing. The current menu includes a variety of meat options, but the most authentic version is pork rather than beef, is dipped for you, and includes mustard, pickles, and olives. 

According to the historical record, the original Philippe made the very first such sandwich in 1918. However, according to local lore, there are two sides to that story. This brings me to the next spot on our best restaurant list.

👉 Pro Tip: Philippe’s housemade hot mustard is fantastic. They’re not playing about the hot part, so taste it before slathering your bread. 

Cole’s French Dip 

🍽️ American | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 622 4090

Exterior and neon sign view of an old French-inspired restaurant of Cole’s French Dip in Los Angeles
(photo: Logan Bush / Shutterstock) 

For many a year, Cole’s claimed that their founder, Henry Cole, had invented this classic sandwich way back in 1908. 

The thing is, there’s not much evidence to back that up, whereas ol’ Philippe did press. That said, Cole’s version is served with a cup of broth for DIY dipping. Given that this is widely accepted as a “traditional” french dip, it seems Cole’s branding did win out somewhere along the way. 

Sandwich wars aside, it’s the secret speakeasy that makes this one of the best things to do in downtown Los Angeles.   

Pink’s Hot Dogs

🍽️ Hotdogs | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 931 4223

Exterior view of the iconic pink gourmet hotdog restaurant of Pink’s Hotdogs
They open at 9:30 am, trust that line to be full by noon. (photo: Eric Glenn / Shutterstock)

What pushcart onion sauce is to New York and poppyseed buns are to Chicago, Pink’s is to LA. The hot dogs are as good as the lines are long, and the friendly folks who work here that tilt the scales of this experience heavily to the positive side. 

The chili dog is super popular, and you can’t go wrong with any of the pastrami dogs. Light and healthy isn’t really what you come here for, but fresh toppings and a drizzle of cool sour cream make the Guadalajara dog a great option for those who don’t have a double-meat appetite (hi, me.)   

Nobu Malibu

🍽️ Japanese | $$$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 317 9140

A couple chilling outside the luxurious restaurant near the sea of Nobu Malibu
A much-coveted table on Nobu’s patio (photo: Benny Marty / Shutterstock)

Nobu is destination dining, the sort of place that isn’t just part of a trip, it’s the reason for one. 

From traditional sashimi to miso-marinated cod to artichoke salad, every bite is elegant, exquisite, and exclusive. You’re going to need reservations, which can be made up to one month in advance. 

Nabbing reservations online is much like buying wristbands for Coachella weekend one – get there early, refresh often, and work in teams. There’s a waitlist, but you might have better luck calling the reservation office and finessing your way into a cancellation. Especially if you’re hoping to score seats on the patio overlooking Billionaire Beach.     

Perch

🍽️ French | $$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 802 1770

Cityscape view of downtown LA from Perch restaurant
View of downtown LA as seen from Perch (photo: kit leong / Shutterstock)

Much as LA loves a hot new trend, we still appreciate a good origin story. Perch weaves just such a tale. A prologue of baked brie followed by once upon a time-honored main like filet mignon au Poivre, finished with a chocolate pot de creme you’ll remember happily forever after.

Fine french food and spectacular views are just the beginning of what makes this DTLA restaurant excel expectations. Impressive as it may be to boast a view of LA’s famous skyline, it’s a whole next level to offer one from within it. 

Situated on a 15th-floor rooftop, Perch meets that level, then takes it up a notch with an intimate lounge space on the 16th floor. Sipping after-dinner cocktails around the cozy firepits is a superlative way to spoil your special someone on date night.  

Phenakite

🍽️ Fine Dining | $$$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 380 8573

Calling Phenakite a restaurant is a sort of like calling Van Gogh’s Starry Night a doodle. This is an epic poem in nine courses, an edible love letter penned by Chef Minh Phan to her hometown, Los Angeles. 

Having gained both one Michelin star and the LA Times designation for Restaurant of the Year in 2021, Phenakite is currently the most sought-after reservation anywhere in LA. Rumor has it a couple hired two temps to do nothing but refresh Tock and it still took over a month.    

Randy’s Donuts 

🍽️ Donuts | $ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 310 645 4707

A big donut at the top of Randy’s Donuts bakery and drive-in in Los Angeles
(photo: Joanna K Drakos / Shutterstock) 

Come for the clout, stay for the donuts. Best known for an iconic sign so enormous travelers can spot it on approach to LAX, this pastry pro has been doling out delish donuts since the most popular way to get to Los Angeles was Route 66.

Tony Stark chose Randy’s classic glazed to nurse his hangover in Iron Man 2. They must have been out of the maple with churros.  

🎥 Hailed by Hollywood: In addition to being part of the MCU, Randy’s was transported to Iowa in Mars Attacks!, animated onto a beach of Earth landmarks in Futurama, and demolished in the disaster film 2012.   

The Dresden 

🍽️ American | $$$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 665 4294

People passing by the façade of the historic restaurant of The Dresden
The historic Dresden Room in Los Feliz (photo: michael gordon / Shutterstock) 

This historic Vermont Ave hideaway is all about the throwback. White tablecloths, big cushy booths, the air redolent with the scent of grilled meats. Softly swinging jazz, played by a live band.  

The menu is similarly indulgent. Think juicy, inch-thick cuts of prime rib, wedge salads doused in creamy blue cheese, and eggplant parmigiana. Signature and seasonal cocktails bring in a touch of modernity with complex libations highlighting fresh ingredients. 

Generally speaking, I’m all over concoctions featuring a muddled fruit or floral spritz. But spots that can pour up a perfect sazerac are growing rare, and this is one of them.     

Borneo Eatery 

🍽️ South Asian | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 626 282 4477     

A bowl of homemade egg noodles with chicken and shrimp
Hokkien mie, a dish of homemade egg noodles with soy-marinated chicken and char siu

Inspired by the thriving ‘hawker’ street food culture in Singapore, Borneo celebrates the passion and tradition of South Asia. Balancing sweet and savory with spiced curries and smoky, charbroiled meats, they specialize in authentic tastes from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.    

Long considered one of the best restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, Borneo Eatery was honored with a Michelin Guide Award in 2019. 

Hotville Chicken 

🍽️ Chicken | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 792 4835

Deep fried chickens with toasted bread, coleslaw and sliced pickles
Traditional Nashville-style hot chicken with pickles and white bread

The hot chicken trend hit LA with a fierceness. It peaked a while back, but the cream of the crop remains. Hotville is a strong contender for best of the best. 

Brined, floured, and fried to perfection, Hotville brings the heat. If you’re looking for the most authentic Nashville-style bird, this is where you’ll find it. Complete with two slices of fluffy white bread and a toothpick speared with just enough dill pickle chips to cool the blaze.  

Daybird 

🍽️  | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps 

Angelenos stan authenticity, to be sure, but creativity is the heartbeat of our fair city. We love a new spin, a fresh take, a mashup, or a reboot. We see your hot chicken and raise you a Szechuan pepper. 

Daybird’s menu items can be counted on one hand. You come here for expertly fried chicken tenders and a housemade spicy slaw, either in a sando or a la carte. That and a Hong Kong milk tea so icy and sweet we could drink it by the pint.     

Honey Hi 

🍽️ Breakfast | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 213 221 7810

A glass of green smoothie with two colored straws on a white background
The No Fomo, blended with house-made almond & pumpkin seed milk

Readers may be wondering how we’ve gotten this far in the list with nary a whisper about California’s much-touted “wellness.” Where are the salads, the vegan options, and the ubiquitous green juice? 

Right here at Honey Hi, that’s where. Just about any dish can be made vegan. They don’t merely offer gluten-free options, it’s the whole menu. Which, by the way, is delish. Kabocha spiced buckwheat pancakes? Nom. Beans & greens topped with a saucy fried egg? Delightful.

In addition to a more than usually tasty green juice, there’s a pink drink that’s all yum, all the time. Those looking to go hard on good for you will want to opt for the Merman, a bright teal smoothie loaded with spirulina, chlorella, and cacao.  

Crossroads Kitchen 

🍽️ Vegan | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 782 9245

When you’re looking to take your omnivore parents to a vegan restaurant they won’t complain about, Crossroads Kitchen is the place. 

Granted, pumpkin seed tofu marsala may be a bridge too far. The lasagna bolognese or fettuccine & truffles are rich, satisfying choices for any palate. And the desserts are divine. 

Crossroads is an excellent choice for date night, especially when paired with tickets to the Hollywood Improv. The famous comedy club is less than a five-minute walk down Melrose Ave.

👉 Pro Tip: Try not to get your heart set on outdoor dining. Tables on the warmly lit patio are a common request and one that can’t always be accommodated.      

The Rooster 

🍽️ Breakfast | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 424 278 1839

There are three items on the menu here: a breakfast burrito, a breakfast sandwich, and a side of tots. The sandwich is good, the tots are good, but that burrito is. The. Business.   

They call it Rico Suave, and your tastebuds are gonna swoon. The fried egg is a perfect medium, oozing yolk over bacon, tots, and two kinds of cheese. All of it is layered with a bright, tangy salsa and wrapped up with some sort of magic that ensures you get a bit of each flavor in every bite. 

You can grab a decent cold brew or drip coffee here, but if you want a better beverage head west on Pico, make a right on Beverly Drive, and go straight for about a mile to get to Blue Bottle Coffee, one of LA’s best coffee shops.       

Dinah’s Chicken 

🍽️ Fried Chicken | $$ | Website | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 818 244 4188

Parked cars outside an old diner of Dinah’s Chicken in Los Angeles
(photo: Logan Bush / Shutterstock) 

Family-owned and operated for four generations, Dinah’s has mastered the art of fried chicken. Crispy on the outside, tender and moist on the inside. Picnic perfection in a red and white striped bucket served with all the trimmings.

Located in Glendale, Dinah’s is close enough to Griffith Park to still be piping hot when you get there.    

La Paella 

🍽️ Spanish | $$ | 📍 Google Maps | 📞 +1 323 951 0745

A glass window with a lacey curtain view from outside of La Paella
Low-key vibe, major key delicious 

With an extensive tapas menu and pitchers of refreshing sangria, La Paella is a great choice for groups. Their signature dish, traditional Spanish paella, is definitely meant for sharing! 

The low-key dining room isn’t usually too crowded, but the restaurant’s hours are relatively limited.  

FAQ’s about Restaurants in Los Angeles

Are restaurants open in Los Angeles for dining? 

Restaurants in Los Angeles are open for dining, many with options for either an indoor dining room or outdoor dining.   

What is the most exclusive restaurant in Los Angeles?

Phenakite is the most exclusive restaurant in Los Angeles, followed by Sushi Kaneyoshi in Little Tokyo. N/Naka (Culver City,) Perch (DTLA,) and Nobu Malibu, are other spots you’ll need a little luck and a lot of patience to score a reservation.  

What food is LA famous for?

LA is famous for tacos and gourmet food trucks. Farm-to-table cuisine is another trend that’s here to stay. 

What is a famous restaurant in LA?

Spago Beverly Hills, Nobu Malibu, and Musso & Frank Grill are among the most famous restaurants in LA for fine dining. Other iconic LA fooderies include Pink’s Hot Dogs, Philippe the Original, and Randy’s Donuts.

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Thanks for reading my epic guide to the 58 best restaurants in LA! Now all you have to figure out is which one to try first and decide where to stay in Los Angeles for the best access. Happy feasting!! 

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